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11/15/2022 “Female Wisdom”   Leave a comment

I collect many books of odd and interesting information but a few weeks ago I found something in a box that surprised me. Stuck between two other stacks of papers was a small paperback book of only 63 pages. It is titled Womens Wit and Wisdom and was published in 2000. One chapter caught my eye concerning quotations from various women from various years with their thoughts on Life. Here are a few.

  • “Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard there’s nothing you can do.” Golda Meir 1973
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball 1989
  • “I was thirty-seven when I went to work writing my column. I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security, and too tired for an affair.” Erma Bombeck 1979
  • “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” Coco Chanel 1956
  • “It is better to be looked over than overlooked.” Mae West 1967

  • “Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.” Lillian Hellman 1939
  • “At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret the time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or parent.” Barbara Bush 1990
  • “Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.” Carol Burnett 1986
  • “Suddenly you find at the age of fifty, that a whole new life has opened before you, as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.” Agatha Christie 1977″
  • “My friends have made the story of my life. In a thousand ways they have turned my limitations into beautiful privileges and enabled me to walk serene and happy in a shadow cast by my deprivation.” Helen Keller 1903

I’M GLAD I FOUND THIS BOOK

11/04/2022 “First Ladies”   Leave a comment

Being a lover of trivia has always been fun and games. There’s so much information available about so many people and the majority of that information is almost never published. The past I’ve centered a lot of my trivia on celebrities and certain politicians especially former Presidents. Today I thought I would take a look at presidents’ wives and some of the information available that you’ve probably never heard of. Some of them are actually more interesting than their husbands.

  • Andrew Carnegie personally paid pensions to widows of former presidents before Congress decided that the responsibility was the country’s and not a steel magnate.
  • President. Ulysses S Grant’s wife was cross-eyed and wanted to correct the problem. Grant refused to let her have the operation because he liked her that way.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s wife – like Lincoln himself – was born in Kentucky. During the Civil War, she was accused of being a spy for the South, for her brothers were members of the Confederate Army.
  • President Calvin Coolidge did not allow his wife to supervise any details of White House life. He did it all. Even the menus and other housekeeping plans were submitted to him and not to the First Lady. She did not even buy her own clothes without Coolidge’s approval.
  • When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of letters threatening her life, soon after her husband, Franklin D Roosevelt, took office as President during the depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carried a pistol in her purse.

  • Martha Washington and was nearly 60 years of age when she became “Lady Washington,” as she was called during her husband’s Presidency. She did not enjoy the role. Privately, she wrote that she was “more like a state prisoner than anything else.”
  • Mary Todd Lincoln was tried for insanity before a jury after her husband’s assassination. Her son Robert attempted to have her declared legally incompetent when she began suffering hallucinations and phobias, but the law required a trial before a person can be institutionalized. Mrs. Lincoln attempted suicide after she was judged insane by the court, and was taken to a sanitarium, where she received treatment. She improved to the point that another court reversed the insanity verdict in 1876.
  • Pres. Andrew Johnson’s daughter, who ran the White House domestic affairs in place of her invalid mother, bought 2 Jersey cows, which she kept on the White House grounds, to assure her family of fresh milk and butter.
  • Mrs. William Howard Taft also bought a cow which grazed on the White House lawn. Twice a day, milk from the cow was delivered to the White House kitchen.
  • Mrs. Woodrow Wilson purchased a flock of sheep to help crop the White House lawn, and then auctioned their wool for the benefit of the Red Cross. She was proved a good businesswoman when the auction netted $100,000.

BEHIND EVERY MAN IS A WOMAN WITH A CATTLE PROD

06-09-2013   2 comments

I seem to have centered all of my attention in recent days to male and female issues to the exclusion of all else.  It’s time to get back to what this blog is all about, Totally Useless Information.  There seems to be a never ending supply of useless facts and stupid information to keep me and this blog going for many years to come.  I’ve already turned myself into a huge steaming pile of trivia which may come in handy some day playing Trivial Pursuit but not for much else.  Maybe if I spread the information around a little it will make room in my skull for  other new and useless things I may stumble upon. These factoids were collected from hither and yon and have no reason to exist other than to humor us.  Here goes nothing.

  • More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.
  • President George W. Bush was once a cheerleader.
  • The average person spends three years of his or her life on the toilet.
  • Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation.
  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.
  • There is a village in Ireland called Muff, and they have their own diving club.
  • Seven percent of Americans eat at McDonalds every day.
  • The only First Lady to ever carry a loaded revolver was Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Polar bears are left-handed.
  • McDonald’s did away with its spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them to snort cocaine.
  • Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
  • Outside of the bedroom, the most common place for adults in the U.S. to have sex is in a car.
  • At any given hour there are an average of 61,000 people airborne over the United States.
  • Seven pitches is the average life span of a Major League Baseball.
  • Twenty nine percent of women spend more time shopping for shoes than they do looking for a life long mate.
  • According to statistics, Australian women are most likely to have sex on the first date.
  • It’s impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • The U.S. Government spent $277,000 on pickle research in 1993.
  • American Airlines saved $440,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each first-class salad.

I hope that’ll ease the withdrawal pains caused  by your useless crap addiction.  I’m afraid I’m too far gone to be helped so I’ll just keep on collecting this stuff and shovel it off to you.  As always, your welcome.

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